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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | November 1, 2012
His team might not be in midseason form, or even early season form, but Maryland coach Mark Turgeon seems to hitting stride when assessing the Terps with his typical honesty. The first question in Thursday's news conference was about his team's starting lineup in Friday's exhibition game against Indiana (Pa.). "To be quite frank, I'm not sure I could start five guys, I'm not sure we have five guys practicing well enough to start," Turgeon said. "Don't want to go 'Hoosiers' on you, play four, play three.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2012
 Coaching changes are not only good for college basketball programs, they are good for players. If the retirement of Gary Williams and the hiring of Mark Turgeon has helped reinvigorate the Terps when it comes to recruiting, it has also benefited junior forward James Padgett more than any other player. Maybe Padgett would have emerged after two disappointing years if Williams was still in College Park, but listening to Padgett talk earlier this season and watching him perform for the past month leads to me to believe that Turgeon has much to do with the leap Maryland's hardest-working player has taken from a bust to an offensive-rebounding beast.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2013
Maryland coach Mark Turgeon has proven a difficult guy to please during his two seasons in Collge Park, so it was a bit unusual to hear him speaking in such a positive tone after the Terps lost at Duke 84-64 on Saturday. Even after breaking down the tape of the game, Turgeon said Monday that he was happy for the most part with Maryland's offensive execution given its recent struggles. The defense by the Terps was another matter. “I thought we executed better. I thought we [handled]
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By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2012
Mark Turgeon 's first full recruiting class at Maryland got under way three days after he was introduced as the Terps' basketball coach with the commitment of Fredericksburg (Va.) Christian guard Seth Allen , and it didn't end until late April when Baltimore native Sam Cassell Jr. offered his pledge. In between landing Allen and Cassell, Turgeon and his staff secured commitments from a trio of four-star prospects in center Shaquille Cleare (The Village School, Houston)
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | November 17, 2013
Before arriving at Maryland, Mark Turgeon's Texas A&M teams  had been known for defense. In his last season there, the Aggies ranked 19th in the nation in fewest points allowed and went 24-9. "His values are pretty simple," mentor Larry Brown, now the coach at Southern Methodist, said after Turgeon was hired. "You play hard and you guard and you rebound like crazy and take good shots. " Given those values, it's easy to say why Turgeon, now in his third Maryland season, was so frustrated after Sunday night's 90-83 loss to Oregon State.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2012
All season, it seemed, Maryland coach Mark Turgeon and leading scorer Terrell Stoglin had to work at getting to a place where each was comfortable. Turgeon wanted the 6-foot guard to become a better teammate - to trust the other Terps more, particularly in crunch time. Stoglin had a tendency to take scoring upon himself, particularly if teammates didn't convert opportunities early in games. Sometimes, Stoglin's solo efforts produced wins. Sometimes they didn't. This week, Turgeon talked to me in general terms about how it all ended up - with the sophomore being suspended last month and opting  to leave early for the NBA draft.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2011
I am as curious as anyone about Alex Len, the 7-foot Ukrainian who will make his Maryland debut Friday night in an exhibition game against NAIA power Northwood before sitting out the first 10 games of the regular season. I am also curious -- maybe even more curious -- about what new Terps coach Mark Turgeon does the first time Terrell Stoglin jacks up a bad shot. You know it's bound to happen, because it happened plenty during Stoglin's freshman year. If you thought Gary Williams didn't have a lot of patience with Stoglin last season, Turgeon will be no different.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2012
Much of the early-season Maryland media attention has focused on freshman forward Charles Mitchell and his early development - particularly as a rebounder. He's averaging 7.8 rebounds. He's scored in double figures the last two games. But - as he is wont to do - Maryland coach Mark Turgeon offered a different opinion than the media. “I don't think he's playing as well as everybody thinks he's playing,” said Turgeon, who says he doesn't pay attention to media reports about his team (you think he peeked?
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2013
I've always described Maryland basketball coach Mark Turgeon as a glass half-empty kind of guy, but he seems to be changing his message to the media and his approach with his team during his second season in College Park. Coming off the team's most one-sided defeat of the season -- a 20-point loss to then No. 1 Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium Saturday -- Turgeon said that he thinks the Terps are “on schedule” going into Wednesday's game at Florida State. “We've got to hate losing more than anything.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2013
Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said on Monday's ACC teleconference that at least one lineup change is being planned for Tuesday's home game against Boston College to counter the fact that the Eagles play as many as four guards at a time. As a result, Turgeon said he will likely move freshman Shaquille Cleare, who started the past two games in place of senior James Padgett back to the bench, and will use another perimeter player in the starting lineup. The 6-foot-9, 260-pound Cleare had played center, with 7-1 sophomore Alex Len moving from center to power forward.
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